The decision to remain in the General Security of Military Information Agreement, or GSOMIA, represents a step in the right direction when South Korea, Japan, and their ally the United States face significant obstacles from China and North Korea to maintaining stability in the region.
November brought about a variety of setbacks for Japan related to North Korea. For Japan, close partnership and policy coordination with the United States is vital to managing this challenge.
While the United States and Japan share perceptions toward an increasingly assertive China, U.S.-Japan policy coordination vis-à-vis China is under strain.
The United States and Japan should collaborate with each other to keep their edge, as China increasingly becomes a competitor in high-tech sectors.
Washington and Tokyo should continue to consult with each other to ensure that trade frictions with China do not disrupt their economic relationship.
Japan and South Korea have long been identified as likely cases of future nuclear weapon proliferation. Why have leaders of both states eschewed the pursuit of nuclear weapons?
Washington and Tokyo should remain in sync as they respond to China’s resurgence in various domains.
Washington and Tokyo should continue to ensure that their shared values of transparency and openness are reflected in their regional postures.
To preserve their shared values, the United States and Japan should closely watch how China views different aspects of the international order.
Despite being bound by a number of linguistic, cultural, economic, and philosophical ties, the relationship between China and Japan has often been defined by mutual suspicion and even conflict, which has left deep and persistent scars that continue to challenge bilateral relations.